Wesfarmers becomes a White Ribbon workplace


Wesfarmers corporate office team members, from left, Ingrid Foster, Justin Laird, Hayat Said and Katerina Spaseska.

Wesfarmers Corporate Office has been officially recognised by White Ribbon Australia for taking active steps to stop violence against women by becoming an accredited White Ribbon Workplace. 

White Ribbon is a not-for-profit organisation that works to change the behaviours and attitudes that perpetuate violence against women.

Over the past 18 months, Wesfarmers Corporate Office has shown commitment to developing a culture of gender equality, respect and safety for team members affected by violence through human resource policy development, effective leadership, resource allocation and communication.

Wesfarmers Corporate Office has introduced the Domestic and Family Violence Support Guideline outlining the support available for team members in domestic violence situations.  This includes access to additional Personal Leave, flexible working arrangements, referral and support services and workplace safety planning.  Current guidelines have also been updated to strengthen our culture of gender equality, respect and safety. 

Wesfarmers Corporate Office has also run online training to raise awareness and equip team members with the knowledge and skills to support team members affected by such issues.  

The White Ribbon Committee hosted a White Ribbon Day morning tea on 25 November 2017 with guest speakers Leanne Barron CEO of STARICK Women’s Refuge and Dr. Judith Congrene a survivor of domestic violence who came to share her experience with our team members. The Committee has been convened to continue raising awareness, fundraising and implementing further improvements to our approach to preventing and responding to violence.

White Ribbon’s Workplace Accreditation Programme is an internationally recognised program, reaching 169 organisations and over 600,000 employees across Australia. The program is independently evaluated and referenced by a group of human resources, human rights, domestic violence and education professionals, ensuring a best practice product.